As the World Cup looms, licensed premises across the Borough are being reminded that all smoke-free premises, being enclosed and/or substantially enclosed places, must remain smoke-free despite the anticipated increase in customer numbers.
Pauline Herbison, Senior Environmental Officer with Antrim Borough Council, said: “With less than 10 days to go until the World Cup kicks off, we are urging licence holders within the Borough who require assistance on how to create/maintain smoke-free environments within their premises to contact us.
“It is recommended that any alterations/extensions to smoking areas in order to accommodate the increased customer numbers be discussed and agreed with us in advance.”
Pauline added that it is anticipated that customer numbers are likely to generally increase over the summer months, but particularly during high profile World Cup matches.
“License holders are reminded that they must ensure their premises remain smoke-free at all times, and that their smoking areas comply with the legislation. Prescribed No Smoking signage must be displayed at appropriate locations and we can provide these,” she added.
Potential penalties for breaches of the requirements include prosecution of operators for failure to prevent smoking, Fixed Penalties for failure to display appropriate signage (£250), and Fixed Penalties on individuals detected smoking in designated “smoke free” areas (£50).
It is important that licensed premises maintain and enforce their smoke-free policies and ensure all staff are suitably trained in this regard.
All employees should be aware of where customers can and can’t smoke and how to deal with a customer or visitor who contravenes any aspect of this legislation.
Premises seeking additional help or guidance on creating/maintaining a smoking area can contact their local Environmental Health Department or they can visit www.spacetobreathe.org.uk to download smoke-free guidance.
For further information contact the Environmental Health team at Antrim Borough Council on 028 9446 3113.